Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Ruling could see end to career breaksOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Employers could be discouraged from giving their employees career breaksafter an employment appeal tribunal ruled such breaks do not interruptcontinuity of service. The tribunal ruled that a Marks & Spencer employee made redundant in 1999should have her redundancy payment based on when she started her service withthe firm in 1973, rather than on when she returned to work in 1994 followingher career break. The decision means staff being made redundant should receive rights andbenefits based on their whole length of service – not just the time after acareer break. Jonathan Chamberlain, of law firm Wragge & Co, believes the ruling coulddiscourage some employers from including career breaks as part of theirfamily-friendly working polices. “It is a setback to promoting flexible and family-friendly policiesjust at a time when the Government is encouraging it. Companies are going to beexpected to take an employee back after a break of several years, but if thingsdon’t work out, staff will have the statutory rights based on the total time ofservice,” he said. Chamberlain advised companies to review polices carefully if they want toensure there is a total interruption in their employment relationship withstaff during career breaks. “This will require very careful drafting and even then it may not bepossible,” he added.
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Steve Wynn and 1210 Benedict Canyon Drive (Getty, Compass)Disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn is looking for a big payday in Beverly Hills.The billionaire is asking $110 million for his expansive mansion on Benedict Canyon Drive, according to the Los Angeles Times. Last March, Wynn was offering the 27,000-square-foot estate for $135 million in an off-market listing.In early 2018, Wynn was pushed out as CEO of Wynn Resorts following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him by employees over the years.The Beverly Hills home, which has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms and six half bathrooms, is now being listed widely online. Wynn bought the property at 1210 Benedict Canyon Drive for $47.9 million in 2015, and added 8,000 square feet to the home. That made it his largest known home in terms of square footage. The property totals 2.7 acres and includes a guest house, swimming pool, and a tennis court. One side of the home opens to a large landscaped lawn. Hedges line the drive and many of the yard areas. Some of the many amenities include a reception area and barroom, a movie screening room, spa suite, wine room, a tennis court with air-conditioned seating house, and an air-conditioned pool lanai house.The nine-figure ask makes it the fourth-most expensive public listing in L.A. County. It’s the same asking price as the so-called Enchanted Hill, a 120-acre semi-developed parcel about a mile-and-a-half away in Beverly Hills. Last week, Sylvester Stallone listed his 21,000-square-foot Beverly Park estate for $130 million.Wynn owns properties around the country, including a 24,600-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. He listed a mansion in Las Vegas last summer. [LAT] — Dennis Lynch TagsBeverly HillsLA luxury listings
Dwarf brooder versus giant broadcaster: combining genetic and reproductive data to unravel cryptic diversity in an Antarctic brittle star
Poecilogony, or multiple developmental modes in a single species, is exceedingly rare. Several species described as poecilogenous were later demonstrated to be multiple (cryptic) species with a different developmental mode. The Southern Ocean is known to harbor a high proportion of brooders (Thorson’s Rule) but with an increasing number of counter examples over recent years. Here we evaluated poecilogony vs. crypticism in the brittle star Astrotoma agassizii across the Southern Ocean. This species was initially described from South America as a brooder before some pelagic stages were identified in Antarctica. Reproductive and mitochondrial data were combined to unravel geographic and genetic variation of developmental modes. Our results indicate that A. agassizii is composed of seven well-supported and deeply divergent clades (I: Antarctica and South Georgia; II: South Georgia and Sub-Antarctic locations including Kerguelen, Patagonian shelf, and New Zealand; III-VI-VII: Patagonian shelf, IV-V: South Georgia). Two of these clades demonstrated strong size dimorphism when in sympatry and can be linked to differing developmental modes (Clade V: dwarf brooder vs. Clade I: giant broadcaster). Based on their restricted geographic distributions and on previous studies, it is likely that Clades III-VI-VII are brooders. Clade II is composed of different morphological species, A. agassizii and A. drachi, the latter originally used as the outgroup. By integrating morphology, reproductive, and molecular data we conclude that the variation identified in A. agassizii is best described as crypticism rather than poecilogony.
The sensitivity of Southeast Pacific heat distribution to local and remote changes in ocean properties
The Southern Ocean features regionally varying ventilation pathways that transport heat and carbon from the surface ocean to the interior thermocline on timescales of decades to centuries, but the factors that control the distribution of heat along these pathways are not well understood. In this study, we use a global ocean state estimate (ECCOv4) to (1) define the recently ventilated interior Pacific (RVP) using numerical passive tracer experiments over a 10‐year period and (2) use an adjoint approach to calculate the sensitivities of the RVP heat content (RVPh) to changes in net heat flux and wind stress. We find that RVPh is most sensitive to local heat flux and wind stress anomalies north of the sea surface height contours that delineate the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, with especially high sensitivities over the South Pacific Gyre. Surprisingly, RVPh is not especially sensitive to changes at higher latitudes. We perform a set of step response experiments over the South Pacific Gyre, the subduction region, and the high‐latitude Southern Ocean. In consistency with the adjoint sensitivity fields, RVPh is most sensitive to wind stress curl over the subtropical gyre, which alter isopycnal heave, and it is only weakly sensitive to changes at higher latitudes. Our results suggest that despite the localized nature of mode water subduction hot spots, changes in basin‐scale pressure gradients are an important controlling factor on RVPh. Because basin‐scale wind stress is expected to change in the coming decades to centuries, our results may have implications for climate, via the atmosphere/ocean partitioning of heat.
View post tag: Helicopter Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Bell Helicopter Textron Signs USD 549.99 Million Modification Contract View post tag: USD View post tag: Bell View post tag: million Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $549,999,711 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-10-C-0015) for long lead materials and components associated with the manufacture and delivery of 19 lot eight UH-1Y build new aircraft; eight AH-1Z remanufactured aircraft; and six lot eight AH-1Z build new aircraft.This modification is the production definitization of the AAC to include negotiated lot eight aircraft pricing. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent), and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, July 26, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: contract View post tag: Modification Share this article View post tag: 549.99 View post tag: Naval View post tag: usa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Signs USA: Bell Helicopter Textron Signs USD 549.99 Million Modification Contract View post tag: Textron Industry news July 26, 2011
View post tag: Season Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy Prepares for Bushfire Season View post tag: News by topic View post tag: For View post tag: Bushfire The Royal Australian Navy is preparing for the coming bushfire season with MRH90 helicopters and crews are currently training to use the underslung ‘Bambi bucket’ for water bombing operations.The bucket can be filled in seconds with up to 1,590 litres of water and can deliver water to fire flashpoints with pin point accuracy.Commander Adrian Capner, Commanding Officer of 808 Squadron said that once the crew complete their training they will be able to respond over the holiday season.“808 Squadron is currently designated the operational response squadron for the upcoming Christmas period and bushfire season,” Commander Capner said. We are working hard to train and qualify our crews to ensure they are prepared. We also have the ability to evacuate people from areas under threat if needed, he added. Navy has six MRH90 helicopters, which we’re currently putting through their paces as they undergo operational test and evaluation to validate key capability milestones. The high tech aircraft are part of a joint capability shared between Army and Navy. In Navy we will primarily employ them as maritime support helicopters for ships. This includes support to boarding operations, aero-medical evacuation and search and rescue”.Last year, Navy’s Seahawks from 816 Squadron were on standby to support bushfire fighting efforts, if needed. While they weren’t called on last year, Navy’s Fleet Air Arm has been called on in times of need. During the 2003 ACT bushfires, Navy Seahawks helped fight fires and protect property in Canberra, just as the venerable Sea Kings did in Sydney in 2002.[mappress mapid=”14537″]Press Release; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: prepares Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian November 24, 2014 View post tag: Royal Royal Australian Navy Prepares for Bushfire Season Share this article
DCNS Tests New Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Piracy System View post tag: Tests December 18, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today DCNS Tests New Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Piracy System View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Anti-Piracy View post tag: europe DCNS has successfully tested a real-time demonstrator for an asymmetric response to terrorist and piracy attacks in the Toulon harbor, France.This DCNS system is the result of several years of research and development and integrates cutting-edge technologies: ultra-high-definition and high-sensitivity video, augmented reality, powerful algorithms for the detection of threatening behavior, etc. The goal is to accelerate decision taking and prevent collateral damage in close-quarter defense situations.On 10 December 2014, the DCNS teams experimented with the demonstrator of a new maritime anti-terrorism and anti-piracy combat system. The French Navy provided both technical and operational support for this full-scale test during which maritime terrorist or piracy attacks were simulated. The DCNS combat system allowed the rapid deployment of an effective defense in littoral waters, where most anti-piracy missions take place.Comprising a network of ultra-high-definition, 360-degree cameras, the tool developed by DCNS ensures surveillance over a distance of several kilometers around the vessel. Information acquired by the cameras is superimposed on top of augmented reality images to facilitate the analysis of the different moving objects in proximity. In the event of suspicious movements, an operator can use a very powerful zoom lens to confirm whether or not the threat is real. A response can then be implemented, ranging from simply issuing a sound or light warning signal to a warning shot or final protective fire. Thanks to a camera mounted on the weapon, the vessel Commander can, in this case, first check that there is no risk of collateral damage.A 360-degree, real-time visualization of the situation is permanently displayed on a screen on the vessel’s bridge, visible to the vessel Commander and all close-quarter defense operators. Each person is thus able to share the same information at the same time, in a collaborative approach, that can also be found on the bridge of the DCNS concept ship presented by the Group at the Euronaval 2014 trade-fair. Compatible with a large number of ships, this system can operate autonomously or can be integrated within a Combat Management System (CMS) to benefit from other information provided by the vessel’s other sensors, in particular those on airborne drones.[mappress mapid=”14768″]Press release, Image: French Navy View post tag: system View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Anti-Terrorism Authorities View post tag: New View post tag: DCNS View post tag: Naval
No one knows where the cultivated garlic we know today came from. Ancient Greeks,Egyptians, Romans and Chinese wrote about it. Whatever its origin, though, garlic hascaptured the interest of gardeners and cooks alike.It’s easy to grow in Georgia home gardens, too. And garlic, a member of the onionfamily, persists in the garden for years.Start garlic by planting small cloves, or divisions of the large bulb. Each bulbcontains a dozen or more cloves. Plant each clove separately. The larger the clove, thelarger the size of the mature bulb at harvest.Don’t divide the bulb until you’re ready to plant. Early separation of the cloves willlead to lower yields. Select “seed bulbs” that are large, smooth, fresh and freeof disease.The best varieties for Georgia gardens are: Garlic grows best on fertile, friable loam soils with lots of organic matter. Gardenerswho grow good onion crops can grow good garlic.Garlic does well at high fertilizer levels. Apply three pounds of 10-10-10 per 100square feet. The bulb will be small if the soil is too dry and irregular in shape if thesoil becomes compacted.Plant cloves in the fall to allow enough time for the plants to mature by the nextsummer. To permit full development, the latest garlic can be planted in Georgia isFebruary or early March.Fall soil preparation is best if the soil can be fertilized and planted with minimumtillage in the spring. Plant the cloves 3 to 5 inches apart in an upright position (toensure a straight neck). Cover them to a depth of one-half to 1 inch. Allow 18 to 30inches between rows.The bulbs may be harvested when the tops start to dry, usually in July. Place the bulbson trays with screens or slatted bottoms and remove the tops when dry. The mature bulbsare best stored in a cool, dry place.If you grow only a few plants, braid the tops together with twine and hang the bulbs todry. California Early (or Early California Braiding) is a well-known white cultivar commonly seen in markets. It has 10 to 20 cloves per bulb and matures in about seven months. But it stores for only four to six months. California Late (or California White) has firm, strong-flavored bulbs of high quality. The skin is light pink to deep red. Bulbs mature eight months after planting, about two to four weeks later than California Early. This is the best keeper, and it’s good for braiding. Italian is a pungent variety usually considered a generic name for small, strongly flavored garlic. Italian Red has large, easily peeled bulbs. It’s very strong, with a spicy flavor garlic connoisseurs prefer. It’s an excellent keeper. Italian Purple has purple cloves arranged radially around a stout stem. The bulbs have no enveloping skin. Cloves can be easily pulled off. Chilean produces white, flat bulbs. The cloves are uniform in size with a pink to purple cover. It has specific day-length requirements for bulbing. Rocambole is the serpent garlic, famous for the convolutions of its flower stalk. Top-setting garlic is a distinct type that produces bulbs as well as a cluster of bulbils at the top of the stalk. German Red yields a large, bright-purple bulb that weighs about one-quarter pound with eight to 12 cloves per bulb. It’s recommended for those who will use a lot of garlic quickly or who will preserve the garlic. Spanish Roja is a large gourmet type with reddish skin and 10 cloves per bulb. It also has smaller bulbils on the top stems. With pungent flavor, it peels easily and is an excellent keeper. Creole bulbs have a purple cover and small, randomly arranged cloves. It has a small cluster of bulbils above the main bulb.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brandon KuehlWhile the majority of card issuers appear to have their acts together on EMV chip cards, retailers are in another place altogether. ACI Worldwide surveyed merchants regarding EMV preparedness during a National Retail Federation (NRF) conference earlier this year. Of the retailers surveyed, 14 percent said they still have work to do, 19 percent said they’re not prepared and 22 percent stated they’re still evaluating their options.More than half (59 percent) of respondents said 2014 data breaches have impacted investments in payment security initiatives. Thirty-nine percent have already increased their investments, while 20 percent indicated they plan to increase such investments over the next 12 to 24 months.Despite retailers’ intent to increase investments in payment security, the survey found a notable lack of urgency regarding the migration to EMV and meeting the October 2015 liability shift deadline. Just 12 percent of retailers responding to the survey are already compliant, while a mere 19 percent are confident they will meet the October deadline.Instead, many are focusing their energies on sharpening their omnichannel presence by streamlining the shopping experience across multiple channels. Respondents plan to invest in their omnichannel sales and customer experiences above all else (37 percent), followed by mobile payments acceptance technology (20 percent) and online and ecommerce initiatives (20 percent). continue reading »
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